A List of Colleges That Don’t Take Federal Money

In order to preserve their freedom and independence.

The following colleges in the United States, in order to preserve their liberty and independence, do not accept grants from the federal government or participate in any federal financial-aid or student-loan program.

  1. Aletheia Christian College (Idaho)
  2. Bethlehem College & Seminary (Minnesota)
  3. Boyce College (Kentucky)
  4. Christendom College (Virginia)
  5. Faith Bible College (Maine)
  6. Grove City College (Pennsylvania)
  7. Gutenberg College (Oregon)
  8. Hillsdale College (Michigan)
  9. Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Tennessee)
  10. New College Franklin (Tennessee)
  11. New Saint Andrews College (Idaho)
  12. Patrick Henry College (Virginia)
  13. Pensacola Christian College (Florida)
  14. Principia College (Illinois)
  15. Sattler College (Massachusetts)
  16. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Kentucky)
  17. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Texas)
  18. Wyoming Catholic College (Wyoming)

Government aid comes with government strings, whether it goes directly to a school or directly to its students. To avoid these strings, a school must decline aid both to itself and to its students. That is, it must decline to participate in government-sponsored student loan and grant programs.

Most of the schools on the list refuse not only federal but also state and local government aid.

The list only includes traditional bricks-and-mortar institutions (no online or purely digital entities).

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Updated: August 10, 2020.

Published: December 2, 2017.

Author: Dean Clancy.

35 Replies to “A List of Colleges That Don’t Take Federal Money”

      1. Excellent suggestion Susan. Agree Prager U’s 5 minute free courses superior to 90% of college classes.

  1. I would really like to see an engineering school that doesn’t take federal money and that doesn’t participate in the federal aid programs – I’m not wealthy, just comfortable after 50 plus years of engineering and would like to leave part or all of my estate to such a school –

      1. I echo that: Grove City College has excellent academics (including Engineering and other STEM programs), an amazing campus designed by the architect of Central Park and other Ivy League schools, and they don’t take any federal dollars. A hidden gem.

    1. Grove City College has one of the best engineering programs in the country. They offer Electrical, Mechanical, Management and Chemical Engineering programs. Their engineering graduates are sought after by companies all across the country. The school has NEVER accepted federal grants and, with Hillsdale, was part of a Supreme Court decision in 1984 that redefined Student Loans and Student grants as aid to the college – so the school raised a scholarship endowment from alumni and built a private lending program with a Pittsburgh bank. Jeff Prokovich leads the school’s development office and can help you if you are serious about gifting your estate to the school. He can reached at jdprokovich@gcc.edu

    2. I echo the others on this thread: Grove City College has tremendous academics, including engineering, as well as great graduate outcomes and a beautiful campus. I have come across several Grove City grads in my professional career and have always been impressed by them.

    3. Grove City college has an extraordinarily fine engineering program. You should contact the school to explore to your satisfaction what I’m mentioning.

    4. There is no such school. Texas A&M is the mot conservative option for engineering. It is highly ranked as a pure engineering school. However, they are susceptible because they do take federal money. There is a list of viable options at this link beatruamerican.com. If you insist on a school that doesn’t take federal money,, I would look at Grove City, then Principia, then Gutenberg, which is next door to the University of Oregon for auditing classes. Others do not offer specialization at the undergraduate level. To go to a STEM career, they like for their students to start with a liberal arts degree.

  2. I don’t know if they offer an engineering degree, but I am suprised to not see College of the Ozarks on this list: students at C of O do not take out student loans; they are required to work on staff while at school, and graduate debt-free.
    The school maintains a christian character and emphasizes service while learning.

    1. The College of the Ozarks does accept Federal money. Their tuition is about 19K, the work portion of that bill covers about a fourth of that. The rest of the money is split between federal and state student grants and award and the College’s scholarship. Basically the Cost of Education scholarship is a last dollar paid scholarship, it makes up any shortfall left over from state and federal grants/awards and money generated from working for the College.

    1. Government aid comes with government strings, whether it goes directly to a school or directly to its students. To avoid these strings, a school must decline aid both to itself and to its students. That is, it must decline to participate in government-sponsored student loan and grant programs. This is what the above-listed schools do.

    2. Title IX was adopted as part of the civil rights act of 1965. The original intent of Title IX was to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex in education. Like any Federal program run by unelected bureaucrats it has grown to encompass far more than was originally intended. The Justice Dept. provides a manual on understanding Title IX that runs to over 400 pages. Title IX now governs nearly every aspect of higher education from admissions to athletics – schools who withdraw from federal funding are free from Title IX compliance. They are not free to violate the Civil Rights act or any other law but they are free to operate their admissions policies, financial aid policies, hiring policies, athletic programs as they and their boards determine is in the best interest of their students NOT according to a one size fits all set of federal rules.

  3. check with Sattler University in Boston MA. it is a new start up that was offering free tuition last i knew.

  4. Congratulations to all on this list! It is heartwarming to see that liberty is flourishing in these small corners of our still somewhat free country.

  5. Just a point of clarification: these schools do not have to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act due to not receiving federal funding, right?

    1. The GI Bill does count as Federal funds, and are not accepted by most of these (Hillsdale is the only one I know for sure). However, State funding via the National Guard is accepted.

  6. Curious if there are any non government funded middle schools or high schools? And what laws regulate these levels?

  7. I don’t think Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA takes any federal funding, as well as Benedictine College in Atchison, KS.

    1. Thomas Aquinas College (Calif.) is frequently suggested as a candidate for this list, but it does not meet the definition. It declines campus-based federal financial aid but allows students to accept personal federal financial aid, which latter policy excludes it from our definition.

      Benedictine College (Kansas) is excluded from the definition because it both accepts campus-based federal financial aid and allows students to accept personal federal financial aid.

  8. Ralston College is a brand new addition to this list. Just read an article on FEE about it and checked the website.

  9. We need to constantly fight for liberty and freedom, I sure hope to see more schools on the list in the future. Thanks for your work and the information.

  10. Does anyone know how Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is like today? I was there from 2005-2009 and at that time it seemed pretty decent. I guess due to its nature they concentrate on STEM and to my knowledge there are no philosophical or political classes. Hope they didn’t change but they do accept federal funds.

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